WE Celebrate

Women's Business Awards

 

Celebrating the contributions and inspiration of women leaders in Cincinnati USA. 

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber hosted its 9th Annual WE Celebrate Awards, honoring women and women-owned businesses for their achievement, innovation, social responsibility and mentoring, on December 4. Join us in congratulating these women role models. Applications for the 2015 Awards will be open in Summer 2015.

WE Celebrate 2014 winners photo

2014 Honorees

WOMAN-OWNED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Winner: Kathy Chabot, Norwood Hardware
Runner-Up: Elinora Park, Tedia Company, Inc.

Finalists:
Denise Flickner, HealthWorks
Mary Miller, JANCOA Janitorial Services
Teri Stautberg, General Factory/WD Supply

WOMAN OF YEAR - CORPORATE

Winner: Jill McGruder, Western & Southern Financial Group 
Runner Up: Sandra F. J. Degen, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Finalists
Tracy Nichols, PM/PC Direct, Inc.

Susan Zaunbrecher, Dinsmore & Shohl

WOMAN OF YEAR - NONPROFIT

Winner: Donna Jones Baker, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Runner-Up: Lynn Meyers, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati

Finalists:
Heather Alessandro, Paige’s Princess Foundation
Beth Schwartz, Jewish Family Service
Peggy Zink, Cincinnati Works

WOMAN OF YEAR - ENTREPRENEUR

Winner: Karen Tate, The Griffin Tate Group, Inc.
Runner-Up: Rachel Jones, Mommy’s Dream Team LLC

Finalists:
Linda Fritz, Sun Sugar Farms
Sandy Hatmaker, Association Connection
Grace Jones, Dwellings on Madison

COMMUNITY IMPACT: WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Winner: Karen R. Bowman, Deloitte
Runner-Up: Debbie Simpson, Multi-Craft

Finalists:
Colleen Haas, Frost Brown Todd
Sandra Lange, Swath Design
Rachel Roberts, The Yoga Bar

BEST NEW PRODUCT OR SERVICE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Patti Massey, MYCA Material Handling Solutions, Inc.
Runner-Up: Sandra Gross, Sleepy Bee Café

Finalists:
Ellen Cavanaugh, Your Event Sitters
Valerie Landell, Visiting Nurse Association
Vanessa Indriolo Vreeland, Fifth Third Capital Holdings

BUSINESS MENTOR OF THE YEAR

Winner: Nancy Riesz, Success Catalyst
Runner-Up: Tanya Brownrigg, Cassidy Turley

Finalists:
Arlene Koth, TriVersity Construction Company
Carlin Stamm, Foster Business Development
Cheryl Stamm, Bad Girl Ventures

BUSINESSES WE WATCH

Tiffany Adams, Cincinnati Etiquette & Leadership Institute
Robin Gentry McGee, Nutritional Medicinals
Terri Henry-Hayden, LaLa’s Blissful Bites
Taren Kinebrew, Sweet Petit Desserts
Sabrina Shattles, Shattles Communications
Stacey Shiring, Creative Invites & Events
Barbara Rayford Smith, Journey Steel, Inc.
Nancy Strassel, Red Bike
Elaine Suess, Beyondbeing, LLC 
Jennifer Kramer-Wine, Edible Ohio Valley

PINNACLE AWARD RECIPIENT 

The WE Celebrate Pinnacle Award recognizes a woman who has reached the peak of career success and community impact. 


Myrita Craig, Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

Myrita began her career over 35 years ago with AT&T at a time when women in business leadership were few. She navigated 20 years in telecommunications and advanced to increasingly larger roles including leading the nationwide AT&T team for Federated Department Stores (now Macy’s). In 2003, Myrita joined the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber as Vice President. Her work launching Agenda 360 garnered national recognition and her  passion for the advancement of women led to the development of the Women Excel suite of programs. Following her career at the Chamber, Craig served as President of Blackbook, a HR technology firm in the Cincy Tech portfolio of companies. In 2013, she joined the leadership team at YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.

 

View past WE Celebrate winners and finalists

SPONSORS 

A program of Women Excel, presented by:            WE Celebrate presenting sponsor:
                fifth third curious                                           Accenture
 
   Excellence sponsors:

             KMK Law
          
                                                
                 
 Media sponsor:      

                               
                      
                                                    


For more information contact Tamara Lang, Women Excel program manager, at 513.579.3130 or tlang@cincinnatichamber.com.


 

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